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There is a settled high pressure system moving onto the country from the Tasman later today which should keep things crispy and clear for tomorrow, unfortunately that will move east pretty quickly, It's ugly in all respects, high freezing levels and wind. It is without a doubt the worst forecast for any weekend since this season kicked off. Your best chance for a ski or board is at Ruapehu on Saturday. Sorry Manganui, no low freezing levels, have you thought of planting a crop on the t-bar? Further south from the Southern Lakes to Nelson expect heavy snow above 2000m (that's a nice way to say it's going to rain) with strengthening Nor-westerly winds. Sunday... well if the forecast rings true nobody will be venturing very far into the mountains this Sunday. Winds of about 100km/hr in most areas, and up to 150km/hr at Hutt are expected. We will just have to see what condition the pistes are in next week. Check out this weekend’s forecast here and see its accuracy for yourself.

It has been a week of Adaptive Snow Sports at Cardies and The Remarks this week. A celebration of the courage of people who give it a go or give it their all. Events included 3 ski snowbikes, guided tours and après events and, park and pipe, slopestyle clinics and alpine races for the committed. On Tuesday the weather turned it on for the crew who ventured into the 10cm of powder which fell overnight at The Remarks. A big thanks to all of the volunteers and guides that enabled this week to happen!

Rob Gordon, a snowboard instructor at Ruapehu last week completed a 17km and 1000 metres climb up the Turoa road, and then hiking/climbing to the summit from the base area, another 4kms and 1200 metres climb, then boarded down and then run back down the mountain road to the Powderkeg. It’s a total distance of 42kms, the same as a marathon, but with 2200 meters of ascent. He did this in less than 6 hours. WHY? to raise money for Adaptive Snowsports. Snowco challenges you to link through and make a $5 donation (or more if you like) because we think that this effort is worth more than $3,500 - DONATE HERE

Of course there are plenty of events this weekend. The World Heli Challenge Extreme Day , if they fly that really would be extreme. Snowpark's Bag Time , hmmm might miss it, that would hurt. Night riding at Coronet; go on Friday night, and finally The Remarkables retro 25th Birthday Bash ; perhaps it's better we don't see those mullet wigs and fluoro one-piece outfits. Please confirm the conditions before boycotting any of these events on my say so.

Get into it, have fun and be safe.

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All the way from the 'Naki to the top of Ruapehu

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WEEKEND FORECAST

Ski Area Fri 30th Sat 31st Sun 1st
AM PM AM PM AM PM
Ruapehu Overcast Clear Skies Overcast Clear Skies Overcast Light Rain
Taranaki Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast Light Rain
Nelson / St Arnaud Overcast Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Light Snow Moderate Rain
North Canterbury Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast Clear Skies
Canterbury Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Light Snow Clear Skies
Wanaka Clear Skies Clear Skies Light Snow Light Snow Clear Skies Clear Skies
Queenstown Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Light Snow Light Snow

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LATEST NEWS

POW Sets Up Satellite Office in NZ

Protect Our Winters (POW) the US based non-profit setup in 2007 by pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones is pleased to announce the establishment of a new satellite office in New Zealand Read more...

The Remarks Goes Retro to Celebrate 25 Years

It was 25 years ago this month that Queenstown’s second ski area opened to crowds of skiers donning multi coloured one pieces and long, straight skis and this Sunday (August 1). Read more...

Final Two Spots for World Heli Challenge Up For Grabs

The final two spots for the World Heli Challenge will be competed for in the Big Air Qualifier at Treble Cone on Wednesday 28th July. Read more...

Big Mountain Thrills at Treble Cone

A wide range of abilities were on display at the Summit Saddle Freeride Challenge as over sixty skiers and snowboarders battled is out on the steep faces and rock gardens beneath the Saddle Quad Chairlift of Treble Cone yesterday. Read more...

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A highly talented field of skiers and snowboarders battled it out in the World Heli Challenge Big Air qualifier at Treble Cone, yesterday. Skier Cam McDirmid (Wanaka) and snowboarder Dave Schmit-Rodriguez (Canada) won the final two spots for the World Heli Challenge which kicks off tomorrow (30 July).

Competitors were treated to a blue-sky day and spectacular views over Lake Wanaka.

The back country big air jump will be back in action for the Racers’ Edge Big Air Series on Saturday 7th August.

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SUMMARY & COMPS

Ken Ring has made some interesting predictions this year and it could be time to take note. We haven't seen any big storms yet but something tells me we are due...

We have put together an extensive events calendar to help with everything winter. Check it out here .

It just keeps getting bigger, week by week, how large will we go?

Our '2010 Cr*ppiest pair of skis' photo comp courtesy of Nordica is in full swing and looking well lets say cr*p - With plenty of entries so far… comp closes end of August so still a chance to post your own shot. Post one here .

This week we have a new comp for July, win yourself a sweet pair of Scope Graphic Smith goggles. On top of that we have a Qtown Heli Ski experience and a chance to experience Japanese powder end of this year...

Enter HERE now and good luck!

See you on the Snow

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